Many of you will remember the genocide that took place in Rwanda in the mid-1990’s. While taking a horrible toll on the country and its people, it was also devastating for the country’s wildlife. During the event and after, with much of the populace on the brink of starvation, people had to do what they could to survive, whi…
One of our latest guests–LA-based chiropractor Dr. Jeffrey Tucker–wrote about his safari experience in the latest issue of ACANews (May 2015). Along with his daughter Danielle, the two of them enjoyed a 10-day safari through Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, arriving at the perfect time to catch the wildebeest bi…
It’s a hot season for publicity when it comes to Pamoja founder Scott Brills! Hot on the heels of the previous Ambassador Magazine feature, Scott is interviewed yet again, this time on the Natalie Sisson’s Suitcase Entrepreneur Podcast. In this episode Natalie interviews Scott on the origin of his love for travel, as we…
Pamoja Safaris founder Scott Brills is profiled in the Spring 2015 edition of Ambassador Magazine, “your liaison to the good life, placing you at the forefront of trends in fashion, travel, entertainment, business and lifestyle.” The article goes into the details of his travels around the world, philanthropic effor…
After the wildebeest birthing season has come to an end around mid-March, the land is dry, the grasses are short, and the rains move in from the west. Throughout mid-March through the beginning of May the Serengeti and much of northern Tanzania is buffeted by the annual rainy season. During this time the dry, dusty landscape gives way t…
Since June 2014, western Africa has been ravaged by Ebola, with over 22,000 cases and nearly 9,000 deaths in the four countries most affected. Although thousands of miles away, tourism numbers across the entire continent of Africa have been affected by the outbreak, with drastic reductions in the number of visitors, anywhere fro…
Scott here, founder of Pamoja Safaris and avid travel enthusiast. I wanted to write a post today on one of the most frequent questions that arises when people think of an African safari–the cost. It has been my experience that many people think of a safari as one of those once-in-a-lifetime, Bucket List items–something t…
When it comes to an African safari there are many options to choose from–South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania–each with their strengths and weaknesses. In this post we are focusing on our neighbor to the north, Kenya, and how a safari there relates to one in Tanzania. Kenya and Tanzania are quite sim…
The tourist season in the Serengeti fluctuates with the wildlife, and in turn, the wildlife fluctuates with the seasons. December and January happen to be busy months because that is when many people take their holiday vacation time. Luckily, the end-of-year holidays just so happen to coincide with the return of the green landscape…
A couple months back we wrote about our upcoming visit to Faraja Orphanage to donate a few hundred items of soccer (football) gear. The story: in October we were approached by our friends Ryan Doyle and Calvin Gee at video production company Video Vision 360 about helping to set up a charity drop at a local orphanage. They had secured don…
You may have noticed numerous stories regarding the eviction of Masai people in Tanzania popping up on your news feed or Facebook wall as of late. Starting in early November there was a dearth of news coverage regarding the forced eviction of 40,000 Masai in order to sell the land as a private hunting ground for the royal family of Duba…
The continued all-hours news coverage of Ebola across the world, coupled with little  sign that the pandemic is coming to a halt, has caused many a would-be traveler to Africa to shelve their plans. Across Africa tourism numbers are down between 20-70%, and even the traditional safari countries (Tanzania, Botswana, So…
In 1971, when Melanie Griffith was 19 years old, her father brought home a new family pet–a fully grown male lion. While filming in Africa in 1969, Hedren (Melanie’s mother) and her husband saw an abandoned house which had been taken over and inhabited by lions.  On their return to America, they were determined to mak…
A new post on the Scientific American web site reveals what most people already know–elephants are worth far more alive than dead (poached for their ivory)–76 times more apparently. Ivory from a poached elephant sells on the black market for about $21,000. A living elephant, on the other hand, is worth more than $1.6 mil…
The planned charity soccer drop that I wrote about a few weeks ago was a huge success. Pamoja Safaris, along with Ryan Doyle of Video Vision 360 and Calvin Gee of Metro Detroit’s 95.5FM donated over 1000 items of soccer gear (jerseys, shorts, balls, and shoes) donated by Rush Soccer, Soccer.com, and Chevrolet’s On…
When planning an African safari you have a wealth of options as far as where to go–South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Namibia–to name a few. How does one decide where to go? What are the differences between each locale? Now, of course we at Pamoja Safaris are a bit biased–we are based in Tanzania after all. But…
Pamoja Safaris is very excited to announce that we will be participating in a charity soccer (football) giveaway at Faraja Orphanage in Arusha, Tanzania next month. “Faraja Orphanage Childrens Home is a non-profit organization outside in Tanzania that was established by Mr. Faraja Maliaki in 2008. Faraja Orphanage…
With all of the reports regarding Ebola in and out of Africa by western news outlets as of late, it is understandable that people would be concerned about their safety. First off, let us inform you that Tanzania is, and has always been, Ebola-free. There has never been a documented case of Ebola in Tanzania, either during the curren…
Swahili (or Kiswahili as it is commonly referred to) is the common tongue of East Africa (Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo), along with English. There are over 140 million speakers of the language, although only a small portion of those people use it as their primary language. Sw…
All of the animals you’ll see on safari have more than one name, but it’s very likely that you only know the English name of each (or whatever your native language is). Of course, each animal has an equivalent word in the common language of Tanzania–Swahili–but did you also know that there is a secret “…
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